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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the start up rate was for small businesses in (a) each London borough, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 1997. 
Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 15 December 2003]: Value added tax (VAT) registrations and de-registrations are the best official guide to the pattern of start-ups and closures. These cover businesses of all sizes.
|Barking and Dagenham||25||25||30||31||29||26|
|City of London||2,212||2,228||2,200||2,345||1,653||1,428|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||77||96||84||94||85||75|
|Kensington and Chelsea||98||102||106||105||74||78|
|Kingston upon Thames||60||63||55||53||48||46|
|Richmond upon Thames||72||75||70||72||65||71|
(12) Mid-year resident adult (16 and over) population estimates.
For further information on the VAT statistics please see www.sbs.gov.uk/statistics/vatstats.php
Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations 19942002 from the Small Business Service; population data from The Office for National Statistics.
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Mr. Sutcliffe: The Accident Group is in administration. The Secretary of State has no power to intervene in the fees charged by the administrators, which have been determined in this case by the creditors' committee.
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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refusals to grant Anti-Social Behaviour Orders there have been in each magistrate area, listed in descending order of number of refusals. 
Ms Blears: A total of 35 notifications have been received by the Home Office, up to 30 June 2003 (latest available), of applications for Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) which have been refused. This represents a total of 3 per cent. of the total number of applications made to magistrates acting in their civil capacity.
|Magistrates Courts Committee(MCC) area||Total number refused|
|GLMCA/Metropolitan Police (3)||7|
|Total England and Wales||35|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Community Support Officers there were on the latest available date; and if he will provide a breakdown of their location by (a) police force area and (b) local authority area. 
Ms Blears: There were 2,861 Community Support Officers (CSOs) in 38 police forces on 1 December 2003. The table provides a breakdown by police force area. Information on deployment of CSOs by local authority area is not held centrally.The deployment of CSOs within a police force area is a matter for the chief officer of the force concerned.
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|Force||Community Support Officers|
|Avon and Somerset||46|
|Devon and Cornwall||55|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been in drug rehabilitation schemes in the area covered by the Portsmouth Drug Action Team, in each year since 200102. 
The information requested is not collected centrally. The most recent statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System estimated that there were 140,900 drug misuses in treatment during 200203, an increase of 10 per cent. on the previous year of 200102.
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet the hon. Member for Totnes to discuss the application for the renewal of the United Kingdom passport of Miss Eulisa De Freitas. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 11 December 2003]: I wrote to the hon. Member on 26 November 2003 and will place a copy of my letter in the Library. I hope he will agree that a meeting would serve no useful purpose as there is nothing more I can add to that letter which sets out fully the issues in this case and the reasons why I have no power to issue a UK passport for Miss Freitas.
Ms Blears: Home Office figures on police strength moved to an annual cycle from March 2002 and are available in the House Library, as are previous publications. The number of Special Constables in post in England and Wales for each half year available since September 2001 are set out as follows:
We are working with stakeholders to increase the size and effectiveness of the Special Constabulary. In particular, we are rolling out Home Office/Association of Chief Police Officers 'Good Practice Guidance'; we are also holding a 2nd National Specials Weekend on 2829 February 2004 to help raise the profile of Specials and the invaluable work they do; and we have recently announced grants of up to £70,000 to assist forces to boost their capacity to recruit and manage Specials effectively.
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